My passion for cooking healthy food propels me to keep looking for new ingredients.Finger Millet or Ragi or Nachni flour is the new entrant to my kitchen.
Finger millet is an ancient grain which thanks to our new found love for our roots is finding a way to Indian kitchens. It’s the most nutritious and healthy grain. South Indian cuisine includes a lot of Ragi flour dishes.
Research over the years has shown that eating healthy food reduces the chances of heart disease, diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases. Locally grown food is always healthier. So I now use Ragi flour in my bakes and for making pancakes. I add it to wheat flour to make some healthy paranthas.
Finger millet had come to India about 4000 years ago from Africa. The crop is adaptable to harsh weather conditions and can be easily stored for several years as these grains are less prone to insect damage.
Nutritional Benefits of Finger Millet:
Rich source of Calcium: For people who are lactose intolerant, Ragi is a good source of Calcium. 100g Ragi contains 344 mg Calcium, highest in comparison to brown rice, wheat or maize. It can be used to make cupcakes and cookies as the color resembles that of chocolate. Good for growing milk averse children. Improves bone strength.Sponsored
Good for Anemia: Ragi is a rich source of natural iron. 50 % of Indian population is suffering from iron deficiency. Consumption of grains like Finger Millet will improve the condition.
Full of Essential Amino Acids: Essential amino acids are the ones which can’t be synthesized by the body. Our diet must have them. Ragi is full of essential amino acids like Valine, Lucine, Methionine, and Tryptophan. Therefore it’s a natural relaxant, cures migraines, repairs muscle tissue and promotes the growth of healthy skin and hair.
Fights Diabetes: Being rich in polyphenols and dietary fiber, its an excellent food for diabetics. Low glycemic index ensures lower ability to increase blood sugar.
Helps in Weight Loss: Finger Millet is rich in dietary fiber which means it takes longer to digest the grain, giving that full feeling. Also the presence of Tryptophan controls the appetite. So its the food for you if you want to control the weight.
Consumption of Finger Millet keeps degenerative diseases and aging at bay. Sprouted Ragi is recommended for lactating mothers. Finger Millet should be avoided if one has a tendency to develop kidney stones. After knowing the benefits of Finger Millet, will you include it in diet? Make a dosa, idlis, a cake, cookies or Ragi roti and share your recipe with friends.